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Suggested Reading List

The following is a list of books that address issues of racial diversity, physical diversity, and different kinds of family compositions. The list has been made up of suggestions from parents, teachers and diversity educators. This reading list is a work in progress, if you have a book you would like added, e-mail us the title, author and suggested age group. Happy Reading!


Books for Young Children (Pre-K)

  • Someone Special Just Like You by Tricia Brown - Using photographs, this book shows preschool differently abled children actively playing and learning.
  • I Like Me by Nancy Carlson
  • We Are All Alike...We Are All Different by Laura Dwight
  • Howie Helps Himself by Joan Frasier
  • All the Colors of the Earth by Sheila Hamanaka - Beautifully illustrated and told, this story celebrates the colors of the earth, children and love.
  • Rolling Along by Jamee Heelan
  • Fathers, Mothers, Sisters, Brothers: A Collections of Family Poems by Mary Ann Hoberman
  • Best Best Colors by Eric Hoffman
  • Bright Eyes, Brown Skin by Cheryl Willis Hudson and Bernette G. Ford
  • Peek-a-Boo! by Roberta Grobel Intrater - a board book for infants, it is a collection of photographs of racially diverse babies expressing different emotions.
  • The Colors of Us by Karen Katz - A fun book looking at the similarities and differences that connect people.
  • All the Colors We Are by Katie Kissinger - Using photographs, this book offers a simple, scientifically accurate explanation for how we get our skin color.
  • I Don't Have Your Eyes by Carrie Kitze
  • Welcoming Babies by Margy Burns Knight
  • I Love You Like Crazy Cakes by Rose A. Lewis
  • The Ugly Vegetable by Grace Lin
  • It's Okay to be Different by Todd Parr
  • The Family Book by Todd Parr
  • Shades of Black by Sandra Pinkney - Using wonderful photographs, this book explores the diversity among African-Americans.
  • Extraordinary Friends by Fred Rogers - Photography helps this book challenge the stereotypes towards children with special needs.
  • Faces by Shelley Rotner and Ken Kreisler
  • Who's in a Family? By Robert Skutch - Looks at different family compositions and the love that exists in them all.
  • I Love My Hair by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley
  • Round is a Mooncake by Rosanne Thon
  • Our Granny by Margaret Wild
  • Susan Laughs by Jeanne Willis - With subtle insight, this book shares the story of a girl with physical challenges.

    Books for Children (Ages 4-8)

  • Friends from the Other Side by Gloria E. Anzaldua
  • More Than Anything Else by Marie Bradby
  • The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
  • Si, Se Puede, Yes, We Can by Diana Cohn
  • Radio Man by Arthur Dorros
  • The Adventures of Connie and Diego by Maria Garcia
  • Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hokinson
  • Harvesting Hope the Story of Cesar Chavez by Kathleen Krull
  • How My Family Lives in America by Susan Kuklin
  • Nina Bonita by Ana Maria Machado
  • Grandma Maxine Remembers: A Native American Family by Ann Morris
  • Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
  • Sitti's Secret by Naomi Nye
  • The Turkey Girl by Penny Pollock
  • Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport
  • A Gift from Papa Diego by Benjamin Alire Saenz
  • Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss
  • A Bad Case of Stripes by Davis Shannon
  • Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitch Smith
  • People by Peter Spier
  • A Man Called Raven by Richard Van Camp
  • Daddy's Roomate by Michael Willhoite
  • Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winter


    Books for older children (Ages 9-12)

  • Under Our Skin by Debbie Holsclaw Birdseye
  • My Brother Martin by Christine King Farris
  • Muslim Child: Understanding Islam Through Stories and Poems by Rukhsana Khan
  • The People Shall Continue by Simon Ortiz


    Books for Young Adults

  • American Indian Myths and Legends by Richard Erdoes and Alfonso Ortiz

    Books for Adults

  • The Education of Blacks in the South by Anderson
  • An Introduction to Multicultural Education by James Banks
  • Respecting our Differences by Lynn Duvall
  • Black Leaders of the Twentieth Centruy by Franklin & Meier
  • 40 Ways to Raise a Nonracist Child by Barbara Mathias& Mary Ann French
  • Claiming Disability: Knowledge and Identity Simi Linton
  • Matter of Dignity: Changing the World of the Disabled by Andrew Potok
  • "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" by Beverly Daniel Tatum